Rumors have persisted for years that Apple is working on a full-fledged television set that would go well beyond the current Apple TV set-top box. The device is expected to arrive as soon as the end of 2012.
It has been said that Apple's own design chief, Jony Ive, has a 50-inch Apple television housed in his secure design studio. Other rumored potential sizes for the television lineup have been panels in the 32-inch and 55-inch classes.
Industry watchers believe that an $800 million deal between Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn and panel supplier Sharp was secretly driven by Apple's rumored television. It is expected that both companies will play a crucial role in building the television lineup if and when it launches.